Matlin's first film Children of a Lesser God garnered her the Academy Award® for Best Actress. At 21, she became the youngest recipient and only one of four actresses to receive the honor for a film debut. Matlin also received the Golden Globe® Award for Best Actress in a Drama for the same film. Since then, she has continued to show her impressive talent through a wide range of television and feature projects.
Matlin made her mark in television, first starring in Reasonable Doubts, which she was nominated twice for a Golden Globe Award and a People's Choice Award. Since then, she has received nominations for four Emmy® Awards for her appearances on Seinfeld, Picket Fences, The Practice and Law and Order: SVU. She can currently be seen on Syfy's The Magicians, which is based on The New York Times best-selling book. Matlin broke barriers once again when she starred on ABC's Dancing with the Stars and in the Peabody Award-winning Freeform series, Switched at Birth.
Matlin's notable film credits include The Player, Hear No Evil, in the AIDS drama It's My Party and What the Bleep Do We Know.
In 2015, she made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award®-nominated revival of Spring Awakening, which was performed simultaneously in English and American Sign Language.
Matlin currently serves as a National Celebrity Spokesperson for The American Red Cross and was instrumental in getting federal legislation passed in support of closed captioning both on television and online. She was honored in a White House Rose Garden ceremony where she was appointed to the Corporation for National Service and served as chairperson for National Volunteer Week. Throughout the years, Matlin has helped raise awareness for better hearing health for millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing children and adults in developing countries, supporting the Starkey Hearing Foundation by raising a record setting $1 million in one day.
Matlin has authored three books for children and her New York Times best-selling autobiography, I'll Scream Later. Matlin developed an app for teaching American Sign Language called "Marlee Signs," and she returned to her third Super Bowl in 2017, signing the National Anthem alongside GRAMMY®-winning singer Lady Gaga.
Matlin currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and their four children.